Spoiler-Free Review of The Poet X

I received an advanced copy from the publisher via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is a story told in verse about Xiomara Batista. It details her struggle with her devoutly religious mother, the trouble she has with men constantly catcalling her, and more than anything else the struggle of not being able to truly be herself.

At first, I was a bit reluctant with this book because it was written in verse but as soon as I got into it I didn't even notice. For me it read like a book, and when the poems got more abstract looking it just added to the story rather than pull me out like I thought it would.

The characters of this book are so easy to fall in love with and the story is something that I feel everyone can relate with to some extent. The story deals with the lack of freedom because of parents, first love, finding who you truly are, and so much more. And not only is this story all-encompassing like that but there is so much representation when it comes to races and the LGBTQ+ community.

I don't know what to say about this book other than it took my breath away. It was just so immersive, there were times when you were in Xiomara's body watching the events happen, you cried when she cried, you were happy when she was happy, you felt everything that she went through. I find it's hard to find a book where the author really pulls you into the story but Acevedo has done an amazing job at doing so.

Overall I gave this book 5/5 stars and I even put it on my All-Time-Favorites shelf because it was that good. If you are a fan of poetry and contemporary, or even if you aren't,  you should definitely be reading this book because I promise you that it will change your life.


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